Weekly Feature

2009-12-23 / Sports

Mistakes cost Lady Spartans at OP

by PATRICK J. NAGY Reporter

Poor defense and missed opportunities resulted in the first loss of the season for the Williamsville North girls basketball team.

The Lady Spartans (4-1, 2-1) blew a nine-point lead in the fourth quarter and lost, 47-46, to Orchard Park last Friday at home.

“We did not play well defensively,” said North coach Clare Crowley. “We left people wide open. Our focus was lacking. We were also in foul trouble early. It shows we need to work hard in practice on the little things so in the postseason, we’re a better team. It’s not that we don’t work hard, but a loss gives you an extra drive.”

Crowley said there was a momentum swing in the fourth quarter that resulted in a seven-point swing in OP’s favor.

North trailed by two and went to the free throw line with one second remaining. The Lady Spartans made the first free throw but missed the second.

Crowley said her team came out flat, trailing, 15-8, at the end of the first quarter. North fought back to only trail, 24-22, at halftime. They outscored OP, 16-13, in the third quarter to take a 38-37 lead.

Corrin Genovese paced the Lady Spartans with 14 points. Nikki Attea added 11. Allie Ahern and Jenny Piaggione chipped in nine and eight, respectively.

North opened the week with a 54-36 home league win Dec. 14 against Lancaster.

The Lady Spartans jumped out to a 13-4 first quarter lead, a commanding 25-12 advantage at halftime, and 45-20 after the third quarter.

“Everyone contributed,” said Crowley. “It was a nice win. We played really solid man defense, probably the best it has ever looked. Lancaster is a tough team. They’re physical. We had three close games with them last year so we knew they were going to come out and play hard.”

Attea almost single-handedly took care of the Lady Spartan rebounding, grabbing 22 rebounds to go along with 12 points.

Genovese and Piaggione added 12 and 11 points, respectively. In all, nine North players scored.

North hosted West Seneca West Tuesday but the result was unavailable before The Bee went to press.

e-mail: pnagy@beenews.com

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